“The Bay of Descending Dragons” is a famous tourist destination in Vietnam, just 170 km from Hanoi . The scenic rock formations are the reason why tourists come here.
Ha Long Bay is located in Northern Vietnam, about 170 km from Hanoi.
The climate of Ha Long Bay is tropical, wet, with two seasons: summer (hot and wet) and winter (dry and cold).
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How to get to Ha Long Bay
Most people come to Ha Long Bay via tour from Hanoi but you can plan the day trip on your own, as well. There are buses from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay.
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Where to stay
While there are some hotels on Cat Ba Island, they typically cater for the tour packages crowds. So, if you want to visit Ha Long Bay on your own, look up, ahead of time, the hotel rooms on the island or plan to stay in Hanoi , which is definitely the cheaper option.
Things to do
Ha Long Bay is a superb natural area but is has become a major tourist trap and the views of the bay are spoiled by the many tourist boats , which bear no resemblance to the authentic Chinese sailing vessels.
Visitors are pretty much left with two routes to choose from: Thien Cung Grotto, Dau Go Cave and other sites, excluding Sung Sot Cave, or Sung Sot Cave and other sites (excluding Thien Cung Grotto and Dau Go Cave).
Most travelers come here as part of a tour, because handling the transportation once you get here can burn a big whole in your pocket. Tours vary in prices and , of course, the cheaper the tour, the fewer things included. Expect to pay from US$50 from US$100 per person. The one day tour from Hanoi is about $20-$35 per person.
Aside from seeing the rocks, you can also hit the beach while here. Bai Chay Beach is located close to the coast of Ha Long Bay while Quan Lan Beach is about 55 km away.
Also, consider visiting the Tuan Chau Island tourist resort while here.
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